Left Handed Conductors
Posted 23 August 2007 - 16:35
Some teachers are happy for me to conduct the natural way for me, and some require me to be conventional (ie. right hand pulse, left dynamics etc). I find this awkward, and can't think of any particularly good reason for left handed people conducting the right handed way.
Does anyone know any famous left handed conductors who conduct the left handed way?
Does anyone know a good reason for conducting the right handed way if you are not right handed?
At some stage I need to make a decision about which way to conduct and then stick to it. Any advice that you can give would be appreciated.
Posted 23 August 2007 - 17:23
Posted 23 August 2007 - 18:55
I should think that maybe the only drawback would be if the orchestra or choir felt uneasy, not that I can see why they should.
If your intentions are clear, should be fine.
Posted 23 August 2007 - 21:37
he was a) amazing and b) very lucky, as he could conduct with his right hand (as is conventional) but take notes with his left-hand at the same time...
Posted 23 August 2007 - 23:07
Incidentally, is it Martin Brabbins that has given up using a baton (or 'baguette', as they say in France)? I hate the things (both as conductor and orchestral player), and wonder why they persist. I am strongly of the opinion that I can express much more of what I want with a batonless conducting hand, so it was nice to hear that MB (if 'twas he) is of the same opinion. My feeling is that the baton is often merely an empty symbol of authority, rather than a tool of expression. Authority will given to you willingly if you have a musical vision, can communicate it effectively, and give a clear beat with effective technique, stick or no stick. Discuss.
Posted 24 August 2007 - 10:23
Many conductors who do use batons still don't indicate a clear beat however and indeed some of them display so little movement, that members of the string sections sat at the back have trouble seeing what the conductor is doing!
Posted 24 August 2007 - 12:19
To anyone who suggests that you conduct right-handed, I say make them use a left handed scissors or conduct left-handed and see how far they get! It's far trickier than people realise.